LETTERS FROM THE HOUSE BETWEEN #1 2016 Still Winter Publication Date: 02/09/2014
In 1873 a twenty-three-year-old French woman died of tuberculosis. It was a common disease back then and many died from this incurable pulmonary wasting disease. Thérèse was a devout Christian with an uncommon hunger to serve God without reservation; she was only fourteen when she joined a religious order. It was years after her death when she was named St. Thérèse of Lisieu and became known for a little treatise she wrote called
The Story of a Soul. In it she writes about coming to terms with both her smallness and God’s love for her. That God should love her despite her insignificance and failures (like regularly falling asleep in chapel) was a mystery to her.
NOTES FROM TOAD HALL Spring #2 2014 Publication Date: 08/17/2014
We live in a climate where the seasons are sharp. There is no mistaking them. Winter freezes everything including our senses; but they waken again with the shifting south wind, in slight rises in temps, in clouds changing from steel gray to white muslin, when it is still well below freezing, we sniff the air and say, “I smell spring!”
Editor's NoteWhen Nigeria is Home (Denis Haack) Am I Addicted to Diversion? Are you? (Denis Haack) Henry Poole is Here (Mark Ryan) Lars and the Real Girl (Mark Ryan) Seducing Dr. Lewis (Mark Ryan) What Dreams May Come? (Mark Ryan)
Today spring is in the air and explosions tore lives and property apart in Brussels. The contradiction seems too great to be possible and yet it is real. Beauty and brokenness that both stagger the imagination. Every worldview and religion agrees that something is wrong, but each proposes a different solution. It is an issue worth some careful reflection and conversation.
Ransom exists to try to encourage that sort of reflection and conversation. We hope you find our website stimulating even if you come to different conclusions. Some issues just can't be ignored. Thanks for visiting.